2011-12-13

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011 - Traditional Cookies from Santorini Island





I don't know why I didn't prepare my post on time and now I'm one day late on posting my cookies recipe for the Great Food Bloggers Cookie Swap.. Congratulations to Julie and Lindsay who organize this event and thank you girls for giving us a time frame for posting until December 14...
I am still excited about this cookie swap, I received 3 dozens of awesome cookies from 3 different bloggers  of Canada!
I've sent 3 dozens of Traditional Cookies form Santorini Island, filled with chewy soft Pasteli ( honey, sesame seeds, almonds, cinnamon and glove) to 3 other bloggers in Canada!
I have sent my cookies early so I didn't choose a Christmas decoration - packaging.. I chose a picture of a painting about Santorini Island...  Anyway I think that when my matches opened their cookie box, their kitchen did smell like Christmas..

My matches were
1.  Heather - New House, New Home, New Life
2. Sarah - West Wellington Veggie
3. Laura - Food.Love.Happiness

I really hope you liked these traditional Greek cookies Girls!


First thing is first so lets see the cookies I received and they totally brighten my day!

Stephanie One Gorgeous girl 
Stephanie sent me her beautiful festive star sugar cookies inside a lovely christmas box with a Christmas Card!
Oh boy, it was such a pleasant site! My son absolutely loved her cookies, I had to hide them from him... Sorry Steph, I had to..


Callie Callieflower Kitchen
Callie sent me delicious Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies that I really enjoyed with my morning tea.. They came just in time! My husband and I  loved them ( my 3 years old son doesn't  understand the mint power yet..)

Clarissa Thought Provoked Creation
Clarissa and her friend Brianna sent me the wonderful "Friendship Cookies" made with Organic Chocolate Mix with White Chocolate Chips! They were absolutely delicious!


 Thank you so much  Stephanie, Callie, Clarissa and Brianna for sending me these awesome cookies!


Traditional Santorini Cookies - Filled with soft Pasteli (honey, sesame seeds, almond, cinnamon and glove)

Ingredients (For 40 pinwheel cookies)


250 gr butter
250 granulated sugar
4 eggs
the juice of 2 oranges
Zest of a lemon
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground glove
1 teaspoon bakin powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup grand marnier  - cognac
500 - 600 gr all purpose flour

For the filling

250 gr sesame seeds
300 gr thyme honey
70 gr ground almond
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground glove
1 egg white beaten


Diretions

Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and using an electric mixer set on a medium speed, beat together until fluffy. Gradually add the eggs,  orange juice, zest of a lemon, cinnamon and glove. Beat until smooth.
Measure the flour into a large sifter. Add baking soda, baking powder and gradually sift the flour mixture into the egg-butter mixture. Remove the dough from the bowl and lay it on a floured surface. Knead the dough for a while and put in the freezer until you start making your cookies.
Using a bowl, add the sesame seeds, honey,  almond, cinnamon, glove and beaten egg white. Toss them all together and set aside.
Take a small portion from the dough and form a little ball. Knead it against a floured surface and roll it into 5 inch lengths about as thick as 2 pencils. Press with your finger to make strips and fill them with 1 teaspoon of the filling.
Press the edges to close the filling inside the cookie dough.

 Roll the strip into a pinwheel
and fix the ending by using a whole glove
Lay the cookies on parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes.

Enjoy!!!

Ready to go!


14 comments:

  1. As one of the lucky recipients of your cookies, I can say that they were most delicious. Thanks, Eri. I'll be making them soon.

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  2. Eri, I know you blogging friends were so....... happy to get these wonderful sounding cookies! What a treat to get a package of these in the mail - infinitely better than bills! :)

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  3. These cookies sound delicious and I like that you added a photo from the island.

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  4. Eri these cookies look fabulous lovely packaging
    what a coincidence on our sons birthday mine is on 12/12 too and 3 years
    thank you for the wishes regards Akheela

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  5. This is a great idea, I hope events like such happens here in NZ

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  6. Hi Eri, what a great idea this cookie swap..!Years ago, when my boys were younger my friends and I used to bake two different kinds of cookies each, then we'd have a cookie party where we'd display all the cookies and everyone got to bring home a variety of cookies for Christmas...Your cookies look amazing,by the way!!Mmmm XOXOXO

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  7. The cookie swap sounds like so much fun! And your Santorini cookies look wonderful, I love the filling.

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  8. Hey Eri,

    I'm your third match, I forgot to add my blog to the card it's situationaldifferences.blogspot.com

    I SO hope you get them soon! Everyone else I sent them to have received them. Hmmm. Fingers crossed they'll arrive soon. I hope you enjoy them when they come. Happy Holidays!

    -Clarissa

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  9. Thank you so much for your comments friends! i just got the third package of cookies and edit my post. Thank you Clarissa!
    Chara next year I'll sent you a notice so you can participate! It was fun!

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  10. I love wines from Santorini and it's so cool to have cookie recipe from there. Thx for sharing!

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  11. Phewww Glad you got the cookies Eri!! Happy your son liked them too :) xo

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  12. Hi Eri! Your Santorini cookies look VERY interesting! I've never seen a cookie with filling inside like that. What a very unique recipe that you shared with us and I'm really blown away by how simple cookies can be so delicate... I wish to try your cookies. Must be so delicious!

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  13. Lordy those look ridiculously good! SOO Tempting!

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  14. They look incredible! I love Santorini, I would love to be back their now.

    Happy Holidays!!

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